Harvey Norman are offering the Tamron 70-300 Non-VC Lens for $148 as a part of their post-christmas sale. It caught my eye because of the 1:2 Macro capability. I tried it out, not on my own body because the salesman said it could risk damage... But it was fine for him to put it on one of his bodies. Anyway, The macro was much better than what I had experienced on my 18-55. The one thing I hated about the lens was the zoom ring, it was so sticky and felt horrible! I have seen some very nice photos with the lens and have seen both good and bad reviews. Im just wondering if anyone here has the lens and can shed some light on the Macro capabilities as that is what it would be mainly used for, but also other things too. Keep in mind that my budget is very small at the moment and I don't want you to be comparing this to a 70-200 F/2.8L.